WARRACKNABEAL’S Kyle Cheney ended a stellar 2013 VFL campaign by winning the Col Austen Trophy as the Box Hill Hawks’ best and fairest.
Cheney was denied opportunities at AFL level with Hawthorn but produced a consistent year to pick up the award.
He polled 62 votes to win the award easily from David Mirra, who finished with 54.
Cheney was also a member of the Box Hill side which defeated Geelong in the VFL grand final.
Hawthorn football operations general manager Chris Fagan said Cheney was one of the hard luck stories of the year.
“Cheney is probably one of the unluckiest players on the list,” he said.
“He is super consistent with his performances at Box Hill, he won the best and fairest there – which is a fitting reward – and played in the premiership side with them.
“He was always close to senior selection and is just one of those blokes you take your hat off to for being a super team player.”